sin tax


Definition of sin tax

: a tax on substances or activities considered sinful or harmful (such as tobacco, alcohol, or gambling)

Examples of sin tax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colorado wants a piece of the sin tax from Proposition DD because nobody ever went broke by banking dollars spent on our little vices. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Legalized sports gambling in Colorado will be fun, except for the Broncos QB whose interception costs bettors money," 2 Nov. 2019 Too often sin taxes become taxes on those who can least afford it. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Endorsement: Yes on Prop. DD to let sports gambling fund our water needs," 31 Oct. 2019 States with legal pot have collected more than $1.6 billion since the newest sin taxes went into effect in 2014, with the money paying for everything from public schools to mental health services to programs that deter convicts from re-offending. Jonathan Bach, ajc, "Pot taxes across US shore up school budgets, drug-prevention efforts," 26 Apr. 2018 Taxpayers have approved an extension of the sin tax. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns: Was it worth them coming back? -- Terry Pluto (video)," 12 Jan. 2018 The kingdom previously lifted subsidies on electricity and fuel in late 2015, implemented a sin tax on tobacco and soft drinks this year and is introducing a 5 percent value added tax in January on most consumer goods, like food, and services. Washington Post, "Saudi king prioritizes economic reforms for coming year," 13 Dec. 2017 The kingdom has already put in place a sin tax on tobacco, soft drinks and energy drinks, and lifted some energy subsidies in late 2015. Washington Post, "Saudi Arabia heralds biggest spending plans yet amid deficit," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sin tax

1957, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jan 2020

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“Sin tax.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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